Karen Denvir, M.S., LMFT: Karen received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) and Bachelor of Art in Psychology concurrently from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the mental health field from her career in community, home-based, school-based, and office-based services. During her undergraduate career, she completed a work study assignment with the UConn Child Development Laboratories kindergarten classroom, learning about the value of play-based educational techniques with young children. She completed a research assistantship with the UConn Department of Psychology, providing support on the execution of studies regarding disclosures of concealed identities and the objectification of women. She went on to intern with the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families permanency unit in Norwich, learning about intensive case management in working with children and families towards positive long-term outcomes of reunification and adoption. Following her graduation, she worked at a therapeutic group home for adolescent boys in northeast Connecticut before returning to complete her Master’s degree. During her graduate program, she completed her practicum and internship at a local youth service bureau, providing counseling services to both the community and within the public schools. She also worked as the program coordinator for The Cove Center for Grieving Children, assisting bereaved children and their families in enrolling in statewide peer-based support groups. She was heavily involved with The Cove’s initiation of Camp Erin Connecticut, a weekend-long grief support program which The Cove was selected by The Moyer Foundation to run to assist children affected by grief related to the Sandy Hook School shooting in 2012. Karen continued her clinical work with adolescents and their families in in-home evidence-based treatment programs with agencies in Fairfield and New London counties, and also led the New Haven Cove support group, before going into private practice.
Karen provides counseling to people dealing with a wide-range of personal concerns across the lifespan. She has an extensive background in working with adolescents and their families struggling with different problems, including past traumas (including childhood bereavement) resulting in ongoing anxiety, depression, substance use, and difficulties at home and in school. Karen uses a variety of approaches in her treatment, including collaborative and client-centered, intergenerational and insight-oriented, and cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused methods to provide a safe place to work together with clients on developing a heightened, strength-based awareness of themselves and their world to enable the learning of skills and accessing of resources to make the preferred vision for the future a reality.